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LG HS102 - Ultra Mobile Projector

Our experience so far with ‘ultra portable' projectors has been a real mix. There's been the good (Samsung's SP-400B), the bad (Optoma's Piko PK101) and the pretty (the BenQ GP1). As such I can honestly say that I really have no preconceived idea of how our latest pocket projector, LG's HS102, is going to shape up. Though with a surprisingly high price tag of £477.87 - more than £100 dearer than Samsung's P400B - it's fair to say that it really needs to sit nearer the Good end of the spectrum…
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First impressions, at least, are promising. The HS102 is quite an attractive little number in its glossy black exterior, with red-lit buttons and little silver highlights. It's also markedly smaller than the Samsung P400B, at 154 x 117 x 50mm, and weighs just 780g. This arguably still doesn't make it genuinely pocket-sized in the way Optoma's extraordinarily tiny PK101 is pocket sized, but it's certainly ultra-portable - especially as it ships with a nicely designed fabric carry case.

It's a pity, perhaps, that there doesn't seem to be any easy way of covering the lens to prevent possible damage during transit. But then the lens is recessed quite a way in from the projector's front edge, so is less likely to be damaged than a protruding or flush lens arrangement.
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Unfortunately, the HS102's generally positive first impressions initially seem to flounder as we check out its connections since, as is common with ultra-portable projectors, it's not exactly bulging with connections. All you get is a VGA input, a 3.5mm ‘AV input', a USB port, an infra-red input, and a headphone jack.

Things look up, though, as a rummage around inside the HS102's box uncovers an adaptor for getting composite video and stereo audio into the HS102's 3.5mm AV port, and even better, a separate adaptor for getting component video feeds into the VGA port. A similar adaptor with Samsung's P400B would have been greatly appreciated.

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